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  1. Guangzhou may be venue for NBA games

    Posted Aug 15th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Guangzhou could host US National Basketball Association (NBA) matches under a deal between the city and a major American sports and entertainment company, a city official said yesterday. The GT Sports & Entertainment Company had signed an agreement to promote Guangzhou as a sports and entertainment venue, an official with the city's sports bureau said. The company would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/424823/guangzhou-may-be-venue-nba-games
  2. Big-league bettors

    Posted May 16th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... 'Ordinary people bet 100-500 yuan and the rich, thousands or tens of thousands,' said Wang Junhong, the manager of a sports ground in Shanghai. 'The networks are sophisticated. If you make ... an example,' he added. This explains why the newsstands are full of magazines and newspapers devoted to football. Among them is the daily Soccer News, with 32 pages of detailed coverage of the sport ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/548967/big-league-bettors
  3. $6.5m seals Chinese connection

    Posted Aug 13th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... A Guangdong property firm has paid $6.5 million to end a dispute that threatened Chinese soccer international Li Tie's career with English club Everton. Yesterday's surprise move also keeps a Shenzhen phone firm's name on the club's sh ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/424663/65m-seals-chinese-connection
  4. Diving star's commercial splash rocks ship of state

    Posted Feb 14th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... of a fierce debate over who owns the commercial right of the country's sports stars. The controversy was sparked by the decision of the National Sports Administration to expel Olympic gold ... and silver medals in Sydney in 2000 and gold and bronze at the Athens Olympics in August last year. Like other mainland sports stars, he wants to emulate the earning power of basketball superstar Yao ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/488921/diving-stars-commercial-splash-rocks-ship-state
  5. Quiksilver takes big leap of faith in the mainland

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Extreme sports are gaining in China and one US firm is right at the front of the attack, writes Mark O'Neill in Shanghai The world's biggest outdoor skateboard stadium ... it is trying the formula it uses abroad to attract customers: promotion and sponsorship of extreme sports, surfing, and skateboarding and snowboarding. Shanghai has about 300 skateboarders ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/510487/quiksilver-takes-big-leap-faith-mainland
  6. Ancient footy

    Posted Sep 20th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... are expected to watch two of the oldest sports in the world- Gaelic football and hurling, played for centuries before soccer and rugby were invented. Written records describe hurling in the 5th century ... Liberation Army band playing the Chinese and Irish anthems. The games are an attempt to popularise sports that were historically associated only with the Irish. The Gaelic Athletic Association, set ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/516898/ancient-footy
  7. Tall order

    Posted Mar 28th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... best-known sports star. Yao's Kitchen is due to start serving dumpling soup and Blue Star beer on June 21. That is one year to the day after the opening of its namesake in downtown Houston, ... of the year. Clients will be attracted less for the quality of the dishes than the desire to be associated with the first Chinese to have made it big in a foreign sports league. A 2.26-metre-tall ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/542238/tall-order
  8. Patriotic hurdle

    Posted Oct 11th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... indifference to an important historical milestone. 'For most people, it is just an occasion to enjoy time off work,' said Tang Lijun, the manager of a sports stadium. 'The majority ... elephants that feed the vanity of leaders who want to promote the city abroad. They say that the billions of yuan invested should have been spent instead on sports grounds, swimming pools and other ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/519921/patriotic-hurdle
  9. One city, two stars

    Posted Jul 25th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill, Shanghai If Yao Ming was Shanghai's sports hero last year, then hurdler Liu Xiang is this year's champion. On July 11, Liu broke a 13-year-old world record for the 110-metre hurdles at an international event in Lausanne, Switzerland, clocking 12.88 seconds. That achievement tripled his commercial value overnight. An electrical appliance firm that was offering ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/557879/one-city-two-stars
  10. Shui On aims high in Shanghai

    Posted Jul 05th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill, Peggy Sito

    ... entertainment, sports and residential facilities, with offices, exhibition centres and convention halls- aimed at venture capital and technology companies and start-ups. The first phase, of 87,000 square metres, is due for completion in the third quarter of this year. The city plans to transform the Wujiaochang area into a second Xujiahui- a centre of commerce, finance, culture, sport and research ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/555416/shui-aims-high-shanghai

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